Sat October 6, 2012

The Spotlight: The Power and Politics of New Energy Frontiers

Whether it is Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, the next president of the United States will have one fundamental energy policy challenge: how to make the country more self-sufficient.

The candidates may argue over how best to do this, but they don't disagree on the bottom line. President Obama: "We need an energy strategy for the future -- an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy." Governor Romney: "We need to get America energy secure."

In this hour of BURN, we'll hear stories about the next frontiers of energy development, the fields of exploration that may help the next president propel the U.S. toward energy independence. Alex Chadwick tells the story of one woman and one man who are driven by powerful visions of what America's energy future should look like.

The man is Mike Pethel, a garage tinkerer from California who's working on designing a very, very fast green electric car. The woman is a Colorado State Univeristy research chemist named Amy Prieto who is building a revolutionary battery that just might be the holy grail of green technology.

BURN will also explore the newest frontier of oil and gas exploration: offshore Arctic drilling and its huge potential risks and gains. The reporter is longtime Alaska resident and former NPR correspondent Elizabeth Arnold. And Alex will speak with a former Energy Department scientist who spearheaded an all-out government offensive in search of one all-powerful, cutting-edge energy technology.

You can learn more online at burnanenergyjournal.com.

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